The SFDF team work together to advise and support FDF on a broad range of issues
Dr Colette Backwell, SFDF Director
Colette is responsible for the overall strategy and management of SFDF. She is
part of the senior FDF management team and sits on the SFDF Executive
Colette liaises with government, regulators and other external organisations to
identify and act on issues that impact on food and drink manufacturers.
Colette represents the interests of Members' on the following:
- CBI trade association committee;
- Ministerial Joint Obesity Group;
- Scottish Government's Resilience Advisory Board for Scotland (Food) (RABS Food);
- Scottish Government's Food Implementation Group for the Obesity Action Plan;
- Scotland Food & Drink Executive Group;
- Scotland Food and Drink Skills Group;
- SFDF Schools Programme Advisory Group.
Colette has operated at senior level in the Scottish Government, Defra and more
recently local government. Colette is a scientist with expertise in research,
food, farming and animal health, she is an experienced leader and highly
within her field.
Mary Lawton, Policy and Industry Liaison Manager
Mary's role is to represent and promote the common interests of SFDF though
dialogue with government, regulators and other external organisations and to
identify and act upon issues of concern to members. She set up the Cross Party
Food at Holyrood in 2004 and continues to provide the Secretariat.
She liaises with the FDF team in London to ensure that they are briefed on
Scottish policy issues and works collaboratively on areas of joint interest.
a member of the FDF's Health and Wellbeing Stock-take Group and Incident
Management Working Group. She also sits on the SFDF Executive Committee. In
represent Member's interests Mary is a member of:
- Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee (SFELC), a strategic advisory body
to FSA Scotland;
- Scottish Government's Food Implementation Group and Reformulation Working Group
for the Obesity Action Plan;
- Stakeholder Advisory Group of the Food and Health Alliance;
- SFDF/Zero Waste Scotland/ Interface Resource Efficiency Industry Advisory Group.
Mary is a chartered chemist and worked in industry and trade associations in
London and in Brussels. More recently, she was responsible for food policy at
Consumer Focus Scotland.
Kirsty Ritchie, Communications and Administrative Executive
Kirsty's role is to coordinate and develop appropriate communications activity
and event management, to showcase the achievements of SFDF and inform and
members on industry issues.
She works with FDF to write appropriate communications for members, is
responsible for the website and the coordination of events. She
also provides the secretariat for the SFDF Executive Committee and sits on the
Scotland Food & Drink Communications group. Kirsty is the first point of
for the Scottish media.
Kirsty has a retail business background. She has gained valuable
communications and administrative experience while working for Healthcare
Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.
Moira Stalker, National Co-ordinator for SFDF Schools Programme.
Moira is the National Co-ordinator for SFDF's Schools Programme, which is supported by the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland,
and Education Scotland.
Whilst the food and drink industry in Scotland is classed as a priority
industry, it continues to experience skills gaps and labour shortages. A Future in
Food facilitates industry and education partnerships to help to deliver the
curriculum, using food as the context, and in doing so demonstrating the broader
relevance of the skills and subjects learned in schools to the industry. It helps
school children make the connection between the food on their plates, what they are
learning in school and employment and rewarding careers in our dynamic industry.
Moira works closely with a wide range of additional stakeholders and partners
from industry, education and the community to support this activity and to develop
and deliver an inspiring programme for the future of our industry.
Prior to joining SFDF, Moira worked with Scottish Enterprise's food and drink
team. Before that she ran and managed the original Food and Drink Challenge. Moira
also spent a number of years working in industry as an Industrial Engineer.
Chris Peace, Industry Technical Manager
Chris is the Industry Technical Manager for the Reformulation Programme, which is funded by Scottish Government (Health).
The main aim of the programme is to work with Scottish food businesses that
do not have large/any technical or new product development resource, to help them
reformulate their products. Chris provides free hands-on support to reduce
levels of sugar, fat and salt across their product ranges. The overall project is
guided by an Obesity Advisory Group comprising staff from SFDF, Scottish Government
( Health), FSA Scotland and senior technical staff from the food industry.
Chris has over 25 years' experience of working in the food manufacturing
industry. He has occupied a number of managerial roles, but most recently specialised
in technical and new product development roles, working alongside major UK retail
Leaghann Watson, Interim Office Administrator
As Interim Office Administrator, Leaghann provides administrative support for
the SFDF office. She assists the Communications and Administrative Executive
during event season and supports the rest of the team with bespoke SFDF
Leaghann also provides PA support to SFDF Director Dr Colette Backwell.
working part time at the moment whilst she studies for a degree in Primary
Last reviewed: 16 Jan 2014